Kuwait Oil Refinery May Restart Fully in Three Days (Update1)
By Yee Kai Pin July 31, 2009 (Bloomberg) — Kuwait’s Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery may return to full operations within three days after a storage tank fire led to a shutdown yesterday, according to a person familiar with the operations.
The refinery is operating today at about 40 percent to 60 percent of its 460,000 barrel-a-day capacity, the person said. A fault in a water cooler unit caused the fire, the official Kuwait News Agency reported yesterday, citing state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Co.
The 60-year-old refinery, the largest of three in the country, has 29 units including three crude-distillation units and a fluid catalytic cracker that makes gasoline, according to Kuwait National’s Web site.
Telephone messages to the company weren’t immediately answered, as today is part of the weekend in Kuwait.
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